Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday informed the house that Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, being an autonomous body, was itself responsible for not being able to pay pensions and other monetary benefits to its retired employees.
“The university is an autonomous institution having its own assets and resources of income generation,” said Virbhadra in his reply to the issue raised by Shimla legislator Suresh Bhardwaj under rule 324, seeking the government to provide financial help to the university so the retired employees could be given pensions and other monetary benefits.
The government, chief minister said, doesn't owe responsibility for payment of salaries and pensions of an autonomous body.
“The university according to the act functions under a management committee that is competent to take decision in welfare of the institution,” said Virbhadra, adding that the government makes budgetary provisions for teaching, research and extension activities besides providing additional funds time to time on demand of the university.
He said the government had made budgetary provisions of `48.35 crore for the institution while `8 crore were given as additional funds so that it could pay the pending liabilities.
“Every effort is being to provide financial help to the university but it is not possible for the government to pay salaries and pensions to the autonomous bodies in the state,” he maintained.